Commentary: What’s a ‘good school’? The focus needs to shift to what really matters
My wife and I have two boys, ages 3 and 1. We are just a few years away from sending them to kindergarten, and like all parents, we want them to go to a “good school.” We want our children to learn and grow academically and socially so they can live rewarding and secure lives...
By Chase Stafford | December 5, 2017 4:09 pm
How education could shape the governor’s race in California: funding, accountability, charter schools
One lens into California’s size is its public education system. Six million children under the age of 18 attend public schools — including 600,000 in charter schools — while nearly 3 million students are enrolled in the state’s storied higher education system, which is still struggling to recover from decades of underfunding. The largest teachers union...
By David Cantor | December 4, 2017 6:03 pm
Commentary: Greater teacher autonomy can help fight the teacher shortage and their dissatisfaction
Teachers are at their best when teaching material they are passionate about. The current curriculums in our education system are too restrictive and hinder teachers from reaching their full potential. To bring out their passions and reach their occupational apex, teachers need the opportunity to innovate, which requires a level of curricular freedom. If we...
By Spencer Burrows | December 4, 2017 10:37 am
Vegan lunches could be coming to every LAUSD school next year
Carolina Sagrero, 16, is neither vegan nor vegetarian, but she sure likes the new vegan chili that’s joined the Roosevelt High School lunch menu this year. “Everyone loves the vegan chili,” said Sagrero, a junior on the volleyball team. “It got me thinking about my diet, and so I’ve tried more of the vegan options....
By Mike Szymanski | December 3, 2017 7:15 pm
Know your rights: California education advocates want to make sure you know you can stay in school
Undocumented students are missing school. Parents aren’t showing up to school events. College students aren’t re-enrolling. Discrimination complaints are exploding. As DACA protections come to an end, California education advocates are redoubling their efforts to make sure immigrant families know their rights and students continue their schooling. They are also stepping up pressure on Congress...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 29, 2017 3:13 pm
Van Nuys elementary school was site of visit by alleged sex offender volunteering at polls
* UPDATED A man volunteering as a poll worker at a Van Nuys elementary school was a registered sex offender, according to a report this week. Although the election activity provided limited access to any students, LA Unified confirmed Wednesday that the district was notified of the potential violation and no incident occurred nor arrests made....
By Mike Szymanski | November 29, 2017 3:12 pm